This commission of Jade, a beautiful chocolate brown labrador, is for a young lady who has been through her share of life’s difficulties. Matisse lost his ability to paint in the last ten years of his life which inspired him to seek out other avenues of creation: this was the start of what are now iconic cut outs. For me the cut outs are a symbol of human triumph over adversity. They signify the struggles in life and are bright beautiful tokens of belief in the our ability to overcome. I placed Jade in the centre of the chaos as she is in life, a friend that can be counted on no matter what. I hope I captured the intensity of her eyes when she looks up at her human Mom.